Distributor:  National Film Board of Canada
Length:  25 minutes
Date:  2013
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
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Island Green

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Prince Edward Island off of Canada's north Atlantic coast is famous for its potato crop. Could the island go entirely organic?

Island Green

Prince Edward Island has long been famous for its spuds and red mud. But in the last 50 years since industrialized farming took root, this small, agricultural island has been building a new reputation for having the highest cancer and respiratory illness rates in Canada. Is there a link?

Every year, countless tourists are greeted by PEIs warm sandy beaches, quaint seaside villages and, of course, field after field of the islands signature potato crops. Rather than dwelling on PEI's worrisome monocropping practices, Island Green dares to ask: What if PEI went entirely organic?

Using beautiful imagery and poignant stories from the islands small but growing community of organic farmers, PEI filmmaker Millefiore Clarkes explores a healthier future for Canadas smallest province. In addition to the farmers stories, she shares the stirring words of PEI-born poet Tanya Davis, which remind us that we can rob the land only so much before it robs us of the nourishment we need for life.

As Island Green shows organic farmers working the fields, eating their bountiful harvests together with friends and family, and discussing the success of their farms, its story is ultimately one of hope and healthy promise

“Wonderful film, beautifully shot. A nice blend of evocative poetry and documentary material.” “What a moving take on Mother Earth in our country, Canada. We are so fortunate to have farmers who Do the Work. Best wishes on this journey of love and life. Watching your endeavours and cheering for you. An Alberta Girl.”

Citation

Main credits

Clarkes, Millefiore (film director)
Clarkes, Millefiore (screenwriter)
McNeill, Paul (film producer)
Davis, Tanya (performer)
Loo, Margie (participant)

Other credits

Edited by Millefiore Clarkes, Lawrence Jackman; director of photography, Millefiore Clarkes; music by Roger Carter, Adam Gallant.


Distributor credits

Docuseek2 subjects

Canada
Organic and Sustainable Agriculture
Agriculture Sector
Farming

Distributor subjects

Agriculture
Environment and Conservation
Organic farming

Keywords

; "Island Green"; National Film Board of Canada; Prince Edward Island; organic; organic farming;

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